McGraw And Label In Disagreement Over Greatest Hits Package
October 14, 2008 at 2:23 PM (PT)
It was the "battle of press releases" today between CURB RECORDS/NASHVILLE and their star artist TIM McGRAW; first McGRAW released a statement through his publicist that he had no involvement in his new “Greatest Hits 3" package. According to the release, McGRAW had been working on a new studio album for the past year, with the hopes of releasing it this fall.
“I am saddened and disappointed that my label chose to put out another hits album instead of new music,” said McGRAW. “I’ve only had one studio album since my last hits package. It has to be just as confusing to the fans as it is to me. I had no involvement in the creation or presentation of this record. Sure I love the songs and I don’t want to take anything away from all the creative people who were a part of making those records. But the whole concept is an embarrassment to me as an artist. In the spirit of an election year, I would simply say to my fans ‘I’m TIM McGRAW and I don’t approve their message.”
In response, CURB RECORDS released the following statement: “CURB RECORDS’ EVP/GM DENNIS HANNON indicated that he had numerous conversations with McGRAW's representatives with respect to all aspects of the Greatest Hits 3 album and the good news is that the album is anticipated to debut as the #1 album on the Billboard chart. Nevertheless, we share TIM’s disappointment with the first week’s sales levels and we acknowledge that unfortunately the week that this album was released was right at the peak of the collapse of the economic and finance markets. We are going to work hard to try to take the current single “Let It Go” to #1 in hopes that the economic climate is improving and that sales will also improve.”